Audi reveal the enhanced Audi Q8

Audi has given its Q8 flagship SUV coupé a significant upgrade with both design and technology enhancements in the next model cycle.

Sep 19, 2023

New design, new technology and new personalisation. The updated Q8 offers a bevy of advanced new features.

Despite its bulk, the Audi Q8 has always delivered a sportiness to it’s SUV body configuration and that has been amplified with the new design. The revised exterior boasts new front and rear aprons and Audi offers the S line exterior package as an option for increased sporty character.

Similar to what we’ve seen on the Q8 e-tron, Audi’s new corporate identity, featuring the two-dimensional ring, in white and black or a dark gray finish, now grace the B-pillar, indicating the model, derivative, and technology identifier.

The Q8 offers a new level of individualisation with its lighting technology. Standard LED headlights light up the road, while optional Matrix LED headlights are available. The top-of-the-range HD Matrix LED headlights include Audi laser light technology, offering an extended high beam range. These headlights also feature digital daytime running light signatures, allowing users to choose from four distinct designs via the MMI interface.

The laser light becomes active starting at 70 km/h and significantly increases the high beam range.

At the rear, the Q8 boasts digital OLED rear lights with four customizable designs, enhancing its premium-class appearance. Audi has expanded the range of exterior customization options, offering new colours, wheels, decorative inlays, and contrast stitching on seats, all highlighting the Q8's position among Audi's top models.

Audi has refined the Q8's equipment range, offering a range of seat trim options with contrasting stitching, decorative inlays, and a choice of exterior finishes, including metallic options like Sakhir Gold, Ascari Blue, and Chili Red. The wheel range has been expanded with five new designs, ranging from 21 to a huge 23 inche option.

Of course, third-party app compatibility for passengers, including popular apps like Spotify and Amazon Music is now included and regular software updates and a growing range of apps will only enhance the infotainment system going forward. The surroundings display in the Audi virtual cockpit has been upgraded to provide lane change warnings, distance warnings, intersection assistance, and real-time traffic light information in full HD quality.

The Audi Q8 offers a range of powertrains including the 45 TDI quattro, 50 TDI quattro, and the 55 TFSI, each with varying levels of power and torque. All V6 engines are equipped with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro permanent four-wheel drive, and a mild hybrid system for improved fuel efficiency.

For those seeking the most exhilarating experience from the Q8 offering, the Audi SQ8 TFSI packs the biggest punch with its 4.0 TFSI V8 engine delivering 507 PS and 770 Nm of torque. This powerhouse accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds and boasts a top speed of 250 km/h. The cylinder on demand system optimizes efficiency, providing both performance and fuel savings.

In terms of suspension, the SQ8 features an advanced package with a sport differential and electromechanical active roll stabilization, ensuring exceptional handling and stability.

The Audi SQ8 TFSI comes standard on 21-inch wheels, with larger options available. The impressive brake system features 400 mm discs on the front axle and 350 mm on the rear, with optional red calipers bearing the iconic S logo.

The enhanced Audi Q8 range blends striking new design, with the latest cutting-edge technology you expect from Audi and powerful performance. And with its extensive new customisation options and advanced features it’s a car Audi enthusiasts will be able to make their own more than ever before.